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Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.837113
"You forget. You forget you don't really exist here, that this isn't your home."

Since emigrating from Bangladesh, fourteen-year-old Nadira and her family have been living in New York City on expired visas, hoping to realize their dream of becoming legal U.S. citizens. But after 9/11, everything changes. Suddenly being Muslim means you are dangerous -- a suspected terrorist.

When Nadira's father is arrested and detained at the U.S.-Canadian border, Nadira and her older sister, Aisha, are told to carry on as if everything is the same. The teachers at Flushing High don't ask any questions, but Aisha falls apart. Nothing matters to her anymore -- not even college.

It's up to Nadira to be the strong one and bring her family back together again.

Library Binding, 159 pages
Published on September 1, 2007 by Perfection Learning
ISBN-10: 075698114X
ISBN-13: 9780756981143
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  • jasminl20
    jasminl20Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:00 am
    This novel is really pleasant to read! Despite this remarkable book let me feel a little bit sad. Because of the plight of Muslim. The author wants to express that not all of the Muslim are suspected terrorists. They also want to live in peace and have a brilliant future. Everybody in the world is equal, no one or religion must live under other's discrimination. We need to help those who need help. In this story, the main character, Nadira conquers all the difficulties and help her dad out from the jail successfully. Although somebody is not so smart and intelligent in our eyes, but if they can try and work hardly, they can also become a terrific people someday!